3 Workarounds to Setup Multiple Backups in Windows 10

Posted by @Cody

October 16, 2018

You may have different kinds of things to backup in your Windows 10 computer, so you probably want to create different kinds of backup to have them backed up. This article will show your three ways to create multiple backup tasks in Windows 10.

Is one backup task enough?

In Windows 10, you can use File History to save multiple versions of your files, and use Backup and Restore to create system image backup. however, no matter which tool you use, you can only have one backup task.

You can only modify the backup task or delete the existing one to create a new one, but you cannot keep running multiple backups in Windows 10.

You may want to create a backup for personal files and another for system. Keeping one backup in a single location is also risky, because the backup drive may also fail. Therefore, you should save more than one backup, and it is even better to save the redundant backup on different locations.

Let Windows 10 keep multiple backups

To backup your data properly, you should save multiple backups on different locations. There are three ways to trick Windows 10 to save more backup tasks. The third one is to set multiple backup schedules to automatically backup your data.

Manually change backup location

After creating a backup with File History, you can connect another USB drive or network drive. Temporarily switch File History destination, and then it File History will backup to the new location. After that, switch it backup to the original location.

File History Change Drive

You can also use this method to backup to multiple drives with File History.

Use different user account

You can create multiple user accounts. Each user account, you can set File History to backup to a different external drive. When you want to backup to another drive, you can simply login to that corresponding user account.

Depending on how frequently you have configured the File History to run, the backup should happen automatically. Of course, you can also manually to start the File History backup on another drive.

Windows 10 multiple scheduled backup with Task Scheduler

Always manually changing backup location or user account may be too annoying. Luckily, you can use Windows Task Scheduler to run multiple scheduled backup task automatically. You can set each scheduled backup with a different backup target location.

This will use Windows 10 WBadmin feature to run image backup. It is not a big deal if you do not know any Wbadmin commands.

You can refer the steps below to set up multiple scheduled backups in Windows 10.

1. Press Windows + R to open a Run window. Then type “taskschd.msc” and press Enter to open Task Scheduler. You can also open Task Scheduler by search it from the Windows 10 search box.

2. Click Create Task to create a task. You can create as many tasks as you need.

Create Task

3. Under the General tab, write a task name and description (optional). Under Security option, check the option Run whether user is logged on (optional).

General Settings

4. Click the Triggers tab, and click New to create a new trigger. From here, you can specify when to run the backup.

New Trigger

5. Click the Actions tab, and click New. Input “wbadmin” in the Program/script box, and type “start backup -backupTarget:F: –allcritical” (without quotes) in Add argument box. This command is to create a system image backup to F: drive. You can change the command parameters to create your custom backup.

New Action

6. Click OK to save this scheduled task. You can need to type in your user password to complete.

 After that, you can repeat this process to create multiple backup tasks in Windows 10. If you not know wbadmin and do not want to dig in, then you should consider using free backup software for Windows 10.

Windows 10 multiple backups with backup software

AOMEI Backupper Standard is a free Windows backup and restore tool that allows you to create multiple one-time backup jobs and scheduled backup jobs. It provides File Backup, System Backup, Disk Backup and Partition Backup.

Scheduled backups are followed by incremental backups or differential backups to save backup disk space. (Scheduled differential backup is supported in Professional edition.) What’s more, it provides more options to custom to backup task, such as email notification, and compression.

Let’s see how easy you can use AOMEI Backupper to create multiple backups:

1. Download this free tool and run it on your computer. Click Backup and select one type of backup based on what you want to include in the backup. Here, System Backup it is.

Backup Tab

2. System Backup will automatically include the needed backup source for system restore in Step 1. You just need to click “Step 2” to select a location for saving the image backup file. If you choose Disk Backup or File Backup, you need to specify backup source first.

Step 2

3. Click Schedule at the bottom to enable scheduled backup. You can run backups at a specified time daily, weekly, monthly.

Schedule Backup

4. To view and adjust other settings, you can click “Backup Options”. After that, click “Start Backup” to start the backup.

 In case system fails to boot, you can create a bootable disk with AOMEI Backupper, so you can use it boot your computer and restore to previous state of Windows. Besides Windows 10 multiple backups, AOMEI Backupper also provides features like file sync, hard drive clone to protect your data and system.